Team 2018: Peyton, Bridgette, Jack, Jamelyn, Alyssa, Abbey, Kate, AJ, Caleb, Sarah


I watched “The Greatest Showman” for the first time last weekend.  And as I listened to the moving soundtrack and inspiring lyrics, all I could think about is my sweet Class of 2018 Reps.

Peyton is headed to my alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill. GO HEELS!

This class is special to me, because my son is among them.  Peyton is my heart.  He is the most principled among us Jacksons.  He is the one who was often underestimated, and always found a way to overcome and to over achieve.  He is good.  He is thoughtful.  He is brilliant.  He is disciplined.  He is kind.  He is not afraid to make a stand for what he thinks is right.

I have watched him, and many of this Class of 2018 of them grow up before my eyes, and I love who they have become… and who they are becoming, as they move into adulthood, making their mark on this world.

“Look out ’cause here I come and I’m marching on to the beat I drum.  I’m not scared to be seen.  I make no apologies, this is me.”  (This Is Me)

Graduation is such a bittersweet time.  As I celebrate what is coming next for them, part of me mourns for the way things are now, that will soon be what used to be.

“Im trying to hold my breath.  Let it stay this way, can’t let this moment end.”  (Never Enough)

But they are ready.  I know they are.

“I know there is a place for us, for we are glorious….”  (This Is Me)

That makes it easier.  And I am ready to see them start making their dreams come true.

“I think of all the world could be,  a vision of the one I see… a million dreams is all it’s gonna take, a million dreams for the world we’re gonna make.”  (A Million Dreams)

So, Team 2018… THANK YOU for sharing your year with me.  THANK YOU for finding ways to put smiles on my face, and for letting me preserve memories for you and your family.

I mean it when I say that I will be looking for you, cheering you on as your life unfolds before you.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again.  Go change the world.




Alyssa and Sarah didn’t know each other before they came on board Team 2018… but they became friends and are rooming together next fall at NC State! How cool is THAT?



My guys!

Tar Heel vs Wolf Packers

Jack is headed to East Carolina. He traded in his football and will be throwing girls around instead! Look for him on the sidelines where he will lead the crowds as an ECU Cheerleader!

Brewer is headed to the mountains of NC… Look out, Appalachian State University!

AJ received academic AND athletic scholarships to Barton College, where is is expected to make an immediate impact on the BC Swim Team!

Abbey is headed to Appalachian State University!

Jamelyn is keeping close to home as she heads to Halifax Community College in the fall!

Bridgette is heading to Halifax Community College!

Alyssa will be joining the Wolf Pack at NC State University!

Caleb is heading to Greenville… East Carolina University!

Sarah is going to NC State!

When I first interviewed Abbey and Brewer, they were just starting to “talk.” It has been such a cool thing watching their relationship blossom! #CuteCoupleAlert

Life-long friends

My Halifax Academy Peeps

My girls!

BTS… it takes teamwork! Thanks Caleb!